Issue 107
September 30 - October 6, 2002
Volume 3
page 3
 

Stoffo's Money Management Book; MTI Annual;
Feist Sports Betting Guide All Key Tools for Players

By Howard Schwartz

When it comes to betting sports -- especially football -- every bit of new advice can make the difference between a winning or losing season. So here are three new arrivals at Gambler's Book Shop that are designed to assist handicappers in three separate areas -- money management, record keeping and betting angles, and overall advice for the thinking, analytical bettor.

Money Management for the Year Round Professional Sports Handicapper by Tony Stoffo (60 pages, paperbound, $29.95) is a 2002 rookie. Stoffo, former race and sportsbook director of the old Desert Inn, knows how bettors who plunge without reason and with little or no bankroll control can self-destruct early in a season. In this work he puts betting and bankroll into perspective based on the player's overall personality and comfort level. Mainly, he presents 10 money management ideas that have been proven to work. Also, he has included special sections on how to build a bankroll; how to play parlays to an advantage; some baseball betting ideas including an underdog system; taking advantage of streaks in baseball; and more than 100 pro football betting trends and 200 college trends for 2002.

Ed Meyer of Mti Sports Forecasting, has produced his 2002 Killer Sports NFL Annual (180 pages, 8x11 plastic spiralbound, $29.95). Four pages are devoted to each pro team. For example, with the Arizona Cardinals, a single page shows that there are more than 70 betting angles. Here are a few samples: "The Cardinals are 7-0 in the over-under proposition since the start of the 1994 season in game 2 after losing game 1. Also: the Cardinals are 0-8 against the spread since week 15 in the 1999 season after scoring fewer than 10 points. A second page allows you to keep records on every regular season game. The following page examines, in summary format, regular season results for the past three seasons, what the score was in each quarter, game by game; the final score; what the line and total was; whether the game went over or under and whether the team covered. A final page shows you, for each of the last three season, in 48 categories, how a team performed in areas like six-point teasers; against the spread as a home dog; yards per rush attempt; yards per pass attempt; turnovers per page; per cent of rushes. Also, there's a chart showing how a team performed against the spread when in various winning or losing streaks. One unique section of the book does a clear, simple job of explaining the NFL Divisional Re-alignment schedule for 2002 while another section offers 13 team trends that are at least 10-0.

Jim Feist's 2002-2003 Sports Betting Guide (152 pages, magazine format, $6.95) is chock full of ideas, theories, potential plays, but most of all, something to give the "thinking-man" type of bettor material to work with -- not only in football, but baseball and basketball. There are 25 articles for football bettors; three on college basketball (including one on betting college totals) four on baseball; and one each on auto racing (NASCAR) and horse racing. For

those who need the opening and closing line for every NFL game, and most of the important college games, to the final bowl games, there is similar information. Opening and closing totals are listed for the pros only, although if there were a Total for a college game it is listed.

The books listed in this review are available from Gambler's Book Shop in Las Vegas, and you may order by calling 1-800-522-1777 from 9 to 5 Pacific time, Monday through Saturday. Use MasterCard, VISA or Discover (no American Express accepted). Books shipped the next working day. You may order via the store's web site at www.gamblersbook.com or view the store's entire catalog. You can get a copy of the catalog by asking for one or by calling the toll-free number. The store is located at 630 South 11th St., Las Vegas, NV 89101, two miles from downtown, two miles from where The Strip begins, a block west of Maryland Parkway, just off Charleston Boulevard at South 11th Street.

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